SPITS ADD LOCAL BOY MURPHY
Dave Ducharme WindsorSpitfires.com
PHOTO: TIM CORNETT / HOCKEY CANADA
General Manager Warren Rychel announced this evening the Spitfires have dealt defenceman Brandon Devlin and overage winger Derek Schoenmakers to the Peterborough Petes for defenceman Trevor Murphy and winger Zack Lorentz.
The deal also sees the clubs exchange picks: Peterborough gets Windsor’s 6th rounder in the 2014 OHL Priority Selection, while the Spitfires receive London’s 6th in 2013.
Murphy, 17, is a Windsor native that played for Team Ontario in last year’s World Under-17 Hockey Challenge held in Windsor and surrounding communities. In 83 career games with the Petes, the 5’10, 173-pound defenceman posted three goals and 21 assists with 75 penalty minutes.
Lorentz, 19, is no stranger to the Spitfires, having spent two seasons with the Kitchener Rangers from 2010-2012, before making his way to Peterborough this season. In 141 career OHL games, the 5’11, 195-pound centre has 30 goals and 23 assists with 36 penalty minutes. He put up career numbers last season for the Rangers, with 19 goals and 14 assists in 66 regular season games and another two goals and five assists in 16 playoff games.
“I think this a good trade for both clubs,” Rychel said. “Murphy is the key to the deal for us. He’s a skilled, puck-moving defenceman. We’re hoping our coaching staff can help Trevor realize his full potential.”
“Zach is a kid we never liked to play against. He’ll bring speed to our forward group and he’s a guy we’d hope to have around for next year as well,” added Rychel.
Both players are expected to arrive in Windsor tomorrow in time to suit up versus the Saginaw Spirit.